Basics Series

Basics 101 – Exploding Lollies

Basics 101 (Exploding Lollies) is the first workshop in our Basics Series program; This introductory workshop will attempt to remove a lot of the mystery surrounding cake decorating and introduce beginners to some fundamentals such as setting up a cake with ganache and covering a round cake with rolled fondant icing, creating cut-out decorations and decorations on wires. Students will be guided through the decoration of an exploding stars cake suitable for any occasion and learn how to achieve PC’s famous sharp edges.

The round cake is the first shape we teach in the Basics Series and is a perfect place to start for beginners, on completing a round cake your next step in the basics series will be a Basics 102. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills that they can replicate at home with the same results. All classes are taught by qualified teachers and enough time to give students one on one time for incredible results.

Duration: 7 Hours

Learning Outcomes:

• Introduction to materials and equipment
• Set up a 6 inch round cake with ganache
• Colour icing
• Cover a round cake with fondant icing
• Ice a board
• Create decorations
• Create wired decorations

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Basics 102 – Tiffany Box Cake

This is the second workshop in our Basics Series program; in this workshop you will learn how to set up, cover and decorate the more challenging square shaped cake. The Tiffany cake not only teaches you the fundamentals of setting up and covering a square, but you will learn how to achieve Planet Cake’s famous razor sharp edges, cover seams, ice your board, three different cake decorating techniques including a lid, puffy bow and using a stencil. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills and designs that they can replicate at home with the same results. All classes are taught by qualified teachers.

Duration: 1 Day

Learning Outcomes:

• Set up a square with ganache
• Cover a square with fondant icing
• Razor-sharp edges
• Creating a Lid
• Using a Stencil
• Hand Painting
• Puffy Bow
• Icing the board
• Icing rolls

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Basics 103 – 2 Tier Extended

This is the third workshop in our Basics Series program and introduces students to the extended tiered cake, through one of Planet Cake’s most popular wedding designs; the flower ruffle cake. The two-tiered cake is an essential skill for all decorators, from hobbyists to professionals, and is the final of the beginner workshops in the series. Additional techniques students can expect to learn include: setting up a tiered cake, mastering sharp edges, covering fondant seams, creating the ‘flower design’ ruffle, wired peony sugar flower and making and covering an extended bottom tier. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills and designs that they can replicate at home with the same results. All classes are taught by qualified teachers.

Duration: 2 Day

Prerequisites: Basics 102

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up extended tier (5.5 inches high) cake with ganache
• Covering a tiered cake
• Covering a top dummy tier
• Mastering sharp edges
• Covering seams
• Using boards for a tiered cake
• Making wired sugar peony
• Flower ruffles
• Cover board

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Basics 104 – Three Tier

This is the fourth workshop in our 10 module Basics Series program and takes students from beginners to an intermediate skill level through the three tiered ‘Giant Rose’ wedding cake. This popular two day workshop teaches students to avoid the pitfalls of tiered cakes through the use of center poles in order to create a perfectly straight and supported cake. As an added bonus, Basics 104 also includes silver leaf and icing indentation techniques as well as the beautiful giant sugar rose. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills and designs that they can replicate at home with the same results. All classes are taught by teachers.

Prerequisite: Basics 103

Learning Outcomes:

• Set up board and centre pole
• Master sharp edges
• Set up 3 tier round (1 Styro tier)
• Use in between boards
• Cover 3 tier round
• Disguise seams
• Make and colour giant sugar rose
• Icing Indentation
• Silver Leaf

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Basics 105 – 2 Tier Double Height

This is the fifth workshop in our Basics Series program. This class moves away from the more traditional shapes, adding a modern twist to the wedding cake with the double extended tiers. This 2 tier shape actually consists of two tiers in the base covered to look like one; the goal of this workshop is for students to master setting up and covering a double tier (Please note the top tier is styrofoam). Students will also be introduced to the beautiful arts of piping and stencilling with royal icing, and learn to create a technically superior cake, one that is beyond the skill level of many established decorators. In addition, students will learn how to make a ruffle peony. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills and designs that they can replicate at home with the same results. All classes are taught by qualified teachers.

Prerequisites: Basics 104

Duration: 2 Day

Learning Outcomes:

• Set up double square tier with ganache
• Cover double square tier
• Use in-between boards
• Making giant ruffle peony
• Stenciling with royal icing
• Covering board after setup of cake

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Basics 106 – Springtime

The sixth workshop in the Basics Series, you will be designing your own cake! Basics 106 teach students one of the industry’s most popular cake shapes, the Barrel cake. In a big move away from Basics 105, students will design their own cake under the supervision of one of Planet Cake’s senior teachers. During the two day workshop, students will focus on design principles, setting up a cylinder cake with center pole as well as piping, painting or flower/figurine modelling, dependent on student’s design (Please note the top tier is styrofoam).

Prerequisites: Basics 105

Duration: 2 Day

Learning Outcomes:

• Design principles
• Decoration based on individual design
• Set up cylinder with ganache and boards
• Cover cylinder with fondant icing
• Assemble cake with centre pole
• Flower making – dependent on design
• Piping – dependent on design
• Painting – dependent on design

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Basics 107 – Vase

Basics 107 is the seventh workshop in the Basics series. After completing Basics 101 to 106 it is time for you to employ all the different skills you have learnt and create one of the most unusual and beautiful wedding cakes on the market the square vase which introduces you to assembling cakes with inverted tiers. You will be will be influencing the design, cutting and covering and assembling a tier inverted vase with a 5 inch bottom and 9 inch top. As an advanced student you will also be influencing the design of the cake. You will be using your extended tiers and tiered cake covering and assembly experience. You will be making sugar flowers and decorating your vase by placing flowers, strips covering seams and icing the board. This cake is a great addition to your cake decorating repertoire and a satisfying challenge for advanced decorators.

Prerequisite: Basics 106

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up a 3 tier inverted cake
• Covering a 3 tier inverted cake
• Creating a square angle top
• Making sugar flowers
• Covering complex seams
• Design and colours
• Piping

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Basics 108 – Tapered Square

The newest addition to the basics series allows students to employ each of the skills learned from Basics 101 through to 107, to create the challenging Tapered Sphere and Square Cake. The three day workshop allows students to design the cake through choice of colour scheme and theme. Skills learned can include flower making, piping or painting, dependent on design. Basics 108 also introduces Styrofoam tiers and making sphere pillars.

Prerequisite: Basics 107

Duration: 3 days

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up a 3 tier tapered cake
• Covering a 3 tier tapered cake
• Creating and assembling pillars
• Measuring and drilling boards
• Making decorations (dependent on design)
• Covering complex seams
• Design and colours
• Piping (Dependent on design)

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Basics 109 – Madhatter

Basics 109 introduces students to the famous and challenging Madhatter cake. Notorious for being one of the most complex shapes to cut, the ability to execute the Madhatter with precision is a must for any professional cake decorator. Students will learn to set and up and cover a three tier Madhatter cake, properly apply fondant stripes, piping, creating a sugar flower and decorate with cut-outs.

Prerequisites: Basics 106 (Advanced Students Only)

Duration: 3 Days

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up three tier madhatter
• Covering three tier madhatter
• Assembling madhatter
• Creating icing flower
• Madhatter wedge
• Decorating with icing stripes
• Colour choice and placement
• Making and covering seams

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Basics Foundation Intensive Week

Basics Foundation week is designed to teach all the basic introductory skills required to embark on a cake decorating career, in a five day intensive workshop. Students will learn to set up and cover the round, square and two tier extended cake, through the completion of Basics 101 to 103 and an abbreviated version of Beginner Sugar Flowers. In addition students will receive a bonus one hour workshop on cake decorating business principles such as pricing. While being fully immersed in a class focused on commercial cake decorating techniques this is regarded as one of the best and most complete beginner cake decorating programs in the world. Smaller student numbers (workshops are limited to a maximum of eight students) combined with the intensive nature of the week, allow students to reinforce learning outcomes from the previous day, improving the likelihood of retaining knowledge while enjoying the benefits of a week focused on the most popular cakes ordered by customers.

Prerequisites: None

Duration: 5 Days

Learning Outcomes:

• Introduction to materials and equipment
• Set up a round, square and extended tiered cake with ganache
• Colouring icing
• Cover a round, square and extended tiered cake with fondant icing
• Ice a board
• Sugar David Austin Rose & Standard Rose
• Wired Peony
• Using a Stencil
• Creating decorations and wired decorations
• Puffy Bow
• Cut outs
• Glaze
• Flower Ruffle
• Cake Decorating business foundation skills

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Basics Intermediate Intensive Week

The week long Basics Intermediate workshop is designed to follow on directly from the Basics Foundation or beginner workshop series in order to teach the next set of shapes in your cake decorating repertoire. In the same format as the Basics Foundation, the small group (workshops are limited to a maximum of eight students) provides students with the opportunity to work alongside other decorators in an intimate setting, fully immersed in the Planet Cake kitchen. After completing the round, square and two tiered cake, students will now learn the intermediate skills required for the three tier round wedding cake and the popular Barrel cake (Basics 104 and 106)

Prerequisites: Basics 103

Duration: 5 Days

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up a three tiered round
• Covering a three tier round
• Making and setting up a centre pole
• Giant sugar rose
• Silver Leaf
• Line Indentation Technique
• Designing your Springtime cake
• Creating decorations and flowers according to design
• Setting up the springtime shape
• Covering the Springtime triple tier

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Basics 110 Masters – Topsy Turvy

The intensive Master Class is the final in the Basics series and designed with the teacher, caterer, chef and semi-professional decorator in mind. The four day workshop focuses on student independence, with one day devoted entirely to design. In addition, students will learn to set up and cover a three tier Topsy Turvy, carve Styrofoam use in-between boards, work with a center pole and create flowers or figurines, dependent on design. The Topsy Turvy Master Class is the ultimate finishing school for the student who wishes to perfect their skill base and elevate their decorating to a commercial level.

Prerequisites: Basics 107 (Advanced Students Only)

Duration: 3 Days

Learning Outcomes:

• Setting up three tier Topsy Turvy (styro only)
• Covering three tier Topsy Turvy
• Assembling Topsy Turvy
• Decorating as per your design
• Colour choice and placement
• Making and covering seams

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